Yesterday was the Academy Awards, where Green Book walked away with the top prize. And while Green Book does sound like something that could be a reference to marijuana, there were no stoner movies nominated for major awards. But there have been several worthy stoner movies in the past that did not win any awards.
Here are seven stoner movies that deserved to win Oscars:
1. The Big Lebowski
It’s actually somewhat surprising The Big Lebowski didn’t receive any Oscar nominations. The Coen brothers were only two years removed from Fargo winning Best Picture, Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are beloved Hollywood celebrities and there’s a mystery involving Los Angeles, kidnappings, blackmail and more. Perhaps it was just too ahead of its time.
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
An adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s famous book starring Johnny Depp and directed by Terry Gilliam? It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, but apparently it was a little too weird for American audiences. But Depp’s performance should probably have gotten some sort of recognition at least.
3. Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater’s breakthrough film is one of the best stoner movies, and one of the best high school movies ever. It’s basically an updated version of American Graffiti, George Lucas’ breakthrough film that did receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Unfortunately Dazed and Confused didn’t make nearly as much money.
4. This is the End
The Oscars aren’t known for rewarding, or even nominating, comedies. But This is the End seems like the kind of film they would like. It’s filled with a bunch of Hollywood celebrities making fun of themselves.
Friday is a stoner classic that also features some excellent performances by Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. While the movie itself may not be the kind of film Oscar voters love, the movie’s performances were pretty solid and probably deserved some sort of recognition.
6. True Romance
Brad Pitt’s performance of Floyd firmly puts True Romance into the stoner movie category. And this is another movie that surprisingly didn’t receive any Oscars love. It was written by Quentin Tarantino, hot off of Reservoir Dogs, directed by Tony Scott, included tons of huge names such as Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken. Maybe if Tarantino had made Pulp Fiction then True Romance, this would’ve gotten nominated.
7. Easy Rider
Easy Rider is one of the most influential counterculture films of all time, and famously involves several scenes involving marijuana use. In fact, the actors smoked actual marijuana in those scenes. And Jack Nicholson did receive an Academy Award nomination for his performance, but this film probably deserved even more love than it got.